This office reminds residents to use care when using portable natural gas, propane or butane heaters for warmth in areas of poor ventilation, as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
Many Northshore businesses were already closed or working reduced hours due to Mardi Gras. St Tammany Schools reversed an earlier decision and closed for this morning after indicating Sunday that they would go to school. STAR Transit will not operate due to predicted inclement weather Monday and they will remain closed for the Mardi Gras holiday on Tuesday. Operations will resume Wednesday, February 17, 2021, pending clearance from emergency preparedness officials. The Tammany Trace, Kids Konnection Playground, and Camp Salmen Nature Park will close Monday, February 15, and Tuesday, February 16, due to predicted inclement weather.
The National Weather Service indicates the temperatures in our region will occur early Monday, with wintry precipitation in the forecast. The National Weather Service has issued several advisories for our area including: a Winter Weather Advisory, beginning Monday, February 15, 2021, 6 a.m., and a Hard Freeze Warning and Wind Chill Advisory beginning Monday evening at 6p.m.
The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is in close contact with the National Weather Service and is continuing to monitor the situation. This office reminds residents to use care when using portable natural gas, propane or butane heaters for warmth in areas of poor ventilation, as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. When using any portable heater beware of flammable surroundings. Residents with elderly individuals in their families are asked to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Residents who know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather are asked to check on them during the duration of the predicted winter weather to confirm their safety.
The Department of Animal Services advises pet and livestock owners to take precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.